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    TWO million people have been told to take shelter immediately as Japan braces for an "unprecedented" super typhoon with 170mph winds. The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a rare "special warning" about the powerful storm, which is set to hit the country's third largest island of Kyushu on Sunday. 5Broadcasters have already aired footage of fierce winds and rain lashing some areasCredit: Twitter 5Satellite image showing Typhoon Nanmadol 5Satellite imagery shows Typhoon Nanmadol located near the southern remote islands of JapanCredit: AFP Nanmadol, classified as a super typhoon by the US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, has the potential to be the most destructive tropical storm to strike Japan in decades. On Saturday night, the typhoon was classed in the top category of "violent" - and was packing gusts of up to 168mph as it hovered 124 miles north of Minami Daito island. When the monster storm makes landfall, it's expected to bring up to 20 inches of rain. Local broadcasters have already aired footage of fierce winds and rain lashing Japan's southern island chain of Okinawa as the...
    Dismayingly brown and unsightly, these are the capital's famous 'green' spaces that draw tourists and locals alike in their hundreds of thousands over the summer. London's normally lush grassy parks have been left parched by weeks of drought and punishingly hot weather. Aerial photographs show Hyde Park and east London's Wanstead Flats looking like the savannahs of Africa, with only trees providing the usual green shades. Even the Queen has not been able to escape the effects of the heatwave. The grounds of Buckingham Palace, next to the now ironically named Green Park, are similarly arid and scorched. Meanwhile, the groundskeepers at Lord's, near Hyde Park, appear to have been using the hosepipe freely. The hallowed cricket ground is still rich and verdant despite the shortage of rain in recent weeks. It comes as an official drought was declared for more than half of England yesterday as temperatures soared higher than the Bahamas. Aerial photographs show London's Hyde Park in the west of the city looking like the savannah of Africa Meanwhile, the groundskeepers at Lord's, near Hyde Park, appear...
    Pedestrians walk past a Now Hiring sign in Arlington, Virginia, on March 16, 2022.Stefani Reynolds | AFP | Getty Images An increasing number of Americans quit their jobs in February, while the gap between available positions and the unemployed grew even wider, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showed that 4.35 million workers left in February, an increase of 94,000 from the previous month. It's also a slightly higher level as a percentage of the workforce, up to 2.9% from 2.8%. At the same time, there were 11.27 million openings in the month, down just slightly from January. However, with the total level of those counted as unemployed contracting further to 6.27 million, that left a record 5 million more openings than available workers. There were 1.8 jobs for every person unemployed. Education and health services had the highest level of job openings for the month, at 2.23 million, followed by professional and business services with 2.1 million and trade, transportation and utilities with 1.86 million. The quits level was off its...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Five million people in Massachusetts are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Thank you to the staff and volunteers at vaccination clinics throughout the Commonwealth who have supported vaccination efforts and administered more than 12 million vaccine doses,” Baker wrote. By being fully vaccinated, Baker means the more than five millions residents have received either doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Roughly 1.6 million Massachusetts residents have also received an additional COVID vaccine booster shot. Massachusetts is in the top 10 nationwide in vaccination rate, hovering around 73% according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Though the state is experiencing a surge of COVID cases, Baker said on Monday that the it is in better shape to prevent serious illness than it has been in the past. Massachusetts has also begun distributing two million free rapid at-home COVID tests to the 102 hardest-hit communities. On top of that, the state is working with test manufacturers to make bulk, cheap purchasing deals...
    When Dr Sandra Lee started an Instagram account in 2014 to showcase her work as a dermatologist, people were only mildly interested in how she administered Botox and tackled skin cancer. But after she posted a clip of a blackhead being squeezed, something almost all of us have done in the privacy of our own homes, people got very, very excited. As Dr Lee began posting other grotesque but strangely satisfying videos of extractions of squishy blackheads, removing whiteheads as hard as pebbles and excising inflamed cysts the size of small volcanoes, her career as a social media star, well, erupted. Seven years on, using the catchy nickname of Dr Pimple Popper, the 50-year-old has rock star status in the world of dermatology, with fans including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian — both self-confessed ‘popaholics’. Dr Sandra Lee (pictured), who boasts over 7.3 million YouTube subscribers and 4.4 million followers on Instagram, reflected on her career as a social media star  Dr Lee’s videos on her YouTube channel have been viewed an astonishing 1.8 billion times in total — she...
    CHICAGO — Some alderpeople want to avoid a property tax increase in next year’s city budget, saying too many Chicagoans can’t afford any more strain on their finances in the ongoing pandemic. The City Council launched its 11-day, marathon budget hearings Friday to dissect Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget proposal for 2022. The mayor’s $16.7 billion spending plan is aimed at powering the city’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis. Lightfoot’s plan is propped up by $1.9 billion in federal relief dollars that allows the city to scrap a costly long-term borrowing plan approved last year, avoid a sharp increase in property taxes and spreads hundreds of millions dollars worth of aid to struggling Chicagoans — all while plugging a $733 million deficit and boosting the Chicago Police Department budget by almost $200 million. But aldermen wondered if even a modest property tax was necessary given the strains of the pandemic, and if the investments in new social programs were a one-off or could be sustained. Some also wanted strict rules imposed on themselves over how to spend a new $100,000...
    President Joe Biden achieved a major expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the COVID-19 relief bill, the American Rescue Plan. We're on the cusp of Obamacare unleashed as of April 1, when the expansion to the ACA's subsidies kick in. Because as of Thursday, as many as 7 million of the nation's 29 million uninsured can get health insurance for $0. Free. The administration shared new projections with Vox. According to Health and Human Services' (HHS) calculations, at least 6.8 million of them could now purchase an ACA plan with no monthly premium, and another 1.3 million could sign up for a health plan that costs less than $50 a month. That's could blow the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) projection of 2.5 million currently uninsured people getting coverage as a result of the new law out of the water. Now it's a matter of getting the word out to all those people that these deals are waiting for them. It's not just the uninsured who should be taking advantage of the higher subsidies now available in ACA plans. People who are...
    President Biden is on track to hit his goal of giving 100 million COVID-19 vaccines in the first 100 days of his presidency by Friday - 59 days into his term.  Biden was panned for announcing a vaccination goal in January that sounded ambitious, but which the country was already on track to reach when former President Trump left office.  To-date, the US has given 113 million doses of vaccine. That means that nearly 95.8 million doses have been administered since Inauguration Day.  An average of 2.5 million shots are being given a day, including 2.3 million Wednesday.  At that rate, the vaccination drive will handily meet Biden's rather moderate aim by the end of Friday, and could even do so Thursday - more than a month early. Biden escalated his goal at the eleventh hour on Monday, promising: 'Over the next 10 days, we'll reach two giant goals. The first is 100 million shots in people's arms will have been completed in the next 10 days, and 100 million checks in people's pockets,' during a White House speech.   ...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The UN says shortages are now ‘very critical’ in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, and 1 million people are displaced. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Justin Tallis | AFP | Getty Images Pfizer and Moderna both released positive late-stage trial data this month showing their coronavirus vaccines were highly effective in preventing Covid-19. The news sent stock markets across the world soaring and gave business executives and world leaders some of the first glimmers of hope that they can bring the epidemic under control and employees back to work. Now, they just have to figure out how to get the vaccines — both of which require two doses given about a month apart — to 7.8 billion people across the world. Pfizer said Wednesday that a final data analysis found their coronavirus vaccine was 95% effective in preventing Covid-19 and, in addition, appeared to fend off severe disease. Two days earlier, Moderna announced that preliminary phase three trial data showed its vaccine was 94.5% effective. The data from the drugmakers raised hopes that the global economy could soon get back to "normal" after the pandemic wreaked havoc on nearly every country across the globe. The two highly effective vaccines are expected to be authorized by...
    (CNN)The economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has created widespread housing insecurity for renters, homeowners and the homeless population in the US.According to the US Census Household Pulse Survey, by the end of October, 9.9 million Americans were not up-to-date on their rent or mortgage payments and had little to no confidence that their household could pay next month's rent or mortgage on time."To be able to understand the eviction crisis that we're facing today, we have to recognize where we were before Covid-19 came to our country --and that was in the midst of a severe affordable housing crisis," said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, the US has a shortage of 7 million affordable rental homes available to low-income renters.Coupled with the long-term homeless crisis, many Americans are now scrambling to figure out how to obtain or sustain a place they call home under the economic toll Covid-19 has had on families and individuals across the country.Read More"When people are struggling to afford their rent,...
    VIDEO3:3303:33Markets flat after jobless claims jump to more than 1 million—Three experts on what it meansTrading Nation Stocks seemed to brush off a jump in weekly jobless claims on Thursday. The major averages were modestly higher despite the Labor Department's report that weekly U.S. jobless claims climbed back above 1 million, yet another bump in the road in the economy's slow-moving recovery. The unemployment uptick didn't sit well with market analysts. Here's how three of them responded on Thursday: Trevor Logan, professor of economics at Ohio State University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, raised concerns about stimulus running out: "I think we really have to put this in perspective that none of these numbers are good. Anything approaching or close to a million new claims in any individual week is unprecedented for our economy and to see it persistently now over several months is a bit dispiriting for where our economy's going. I think what I'd like to see is some sort of trajectory in these unemployment claims that would tell us something about...
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